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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Riotta ...
Roberto Nobile ...
Anita Zagaria ...
Evelina Gori ...
Giulia Steigerwalt ...
Sasa Vulicevic ...
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Signora Raguzzi


Frances Mayes is a San Francisco based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes a turn when her husband files for divorce as he wants to marry the woman with who he is having an affair, the infidelity and marital problem of which Frances was unaware. As Frances was supporting him as he was writing his own book, he sues for alimony despite Frances not being wealthy herself. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, ... Written by Huggo

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villa | writer | book | vacation | author | See All (166) »


The Only Thing More Surprising Than The Chance She's Taking...Is Where It's Taking Her See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,751,425 (USA) (26 September 2003)


$43,601,508 (USA) (30 January 2004)

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Did You Know?


The elderly owner of Bramasole, grateful for a sign that Frances is the "right" buyer, cries out, "Grazie, Santo Francesco!" when a bird defecates on Frances' head. "Santo Francesco" is Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals. See more »


When Frances is calling Patti from the phone booth right before it rains, her hair changes from behind her ear/pulled back neatly to in front of her ear/slightly messy See more »


Signora Raguzzi: It's a house, not a Vespa. What are you going to do, steal it?
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User Reviews

Utter garbage
5 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Ridiculous, nauseating doggerel with terrible acting; ineptly, superficially, and condescendingly trawling all the most banal clichés about Tuscany and Italy, divorce and midlife. The main actor nervously grimaces her way through the film, struggling to portray the appropriate level of smug, self-congratulatory self-pity the worthless character and script call for. I'm sure the book was bad, but it can't have been this bad! The camera is permanently fitted with a vomit-yellow "Tuscan" lense filter (perhaps the Tuscan sun wasn't Tuscan enough?), which they forgot to remove when the scene shifts to Rome and (how imaginative!) the Amalfi coast. You've never seen the white marble of Rome's Vittorio Emmanuelle monument looking so yellow... I mean Tuscan. One of the worst movies ever, and therefore quite worth a look.

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